The affordable Nokia Lumia 530 is heading to Malaysia with its launch happening next Tuesday, 12th of August. Announced a couple of weeks ago, the Lumia 530 is Microsoft’s most affordable Windows Phone at a bargain basement price below RM500.
To recap on the specs, it features a 4″ FWGA display that does 854 x 480 and it runs on a entry-level 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor that’s mated to 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Despite its low-cost offering, the Lumia 530 supports microSD cards up to 128GB which is rare among entry level smart phones at this price. For imaging, it settles for a flash-less 5MP camera with fixed focus and there’s no camera at the front. With a 1,430mAh removable battery, it is 11.7mm thick and weighs 129 grams.
Can the Lumia 530 succeed where the Nokia X has failed? With the latest Windows Phone 8.1, this gives budget concious buyers assurance that they are having the latest from the platform and what they need is to price this right to seal the deal. Like the earlier Lumia 630, we expect Microsoft/Nokia to release the dual-SIM version which is getting popular among the low cost segment. You can get to know more about the Lumia 530 in our earlier announcement post.
HTC used to be in the business of making Windows Phones. When Windows Phone 7 was released 4 years ago, HTC had introduced 5 different models. 2 years later, they had released their polycarbonate based Windows Phone 8X and 8S which were considered Microsoft’s signature Windows Phone 8 devices at that time.
While Nokia has been dominating the Windows Phone segment, HTC is not throwing the towel just yet as they are set to introduce a new Windows Phone device next month on August 19. They have sent out media invites and word has it that it will be heavily based on their current HTC One M8 flagship device. In terms of naming, it could be called as the HTC One W8. When it comes to premium smart phone design, the HTC One M8 has been holding on to its title rather well. Like the saying “if ain’t broken, don’t fix it”, HTC is just reusing the same device but with a different operating system running on board.
So it is safe to expect 3 metallic colour options (Gold, Silver, Gunmetal Grey), 5″ Full HD display, Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM and storage options of either 16GB or 32GB capacity. So far there’s no word on its camera and it will be interesting to see whether they would opt for its 4MP Duo Camera set up or a mainstream 13MP shooter. Out of the box, the new device would be running on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 and apparently it will also have support for its proprietary Dot View Case.
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Following the Nokia Lumia 1320, its higher-spec brother the Lumia 1520 too is receiving its Lumia Cyan update. Microsoft has also just updated their availability list with a total of 4 Lumia models currently up to date with the latest Windows Phone 8.1.
If you haven’t received any notification yet on your Lumia 1520, you can check manually under Settings > Phone update.
Thanks @Steady2Twit for the alert!
Looks like Microsoft is going big with its cameras. At an internal meeting this week, Stephen Elop was reported to have teased 2 new Windows Phone 8.1 devices, one with a large front camera for Selfies and another model which claims to be an affordable PureView device.
The Selfie-centric device, codenamed Superman has the biggest front facing camera on a Windows Phone at 5MP, surpassing its usual 1.2MP/1.3MP shooters. The device is expected to come with a compact 4.7″ display and it is likely to be powered by a popular Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM an has support for 4G LTE. This could be going directly against Sony’s Selfie-centric camera, the Xperia C3.
Next is a device that’s called Tesla or rumoured to be the Lumia 830. Stephon Elop apparently has labeled this device as an affordable high-end phone with a PureView camera. From the purported leaked images, the Lumia 830 is having a large black colour camera housing like the Lumia 1020 and comes with a standard assisted LED illumination instead of Xenon flash. You can check out the shots of the rumoured 830 after the break.
The new Lumia Cyan update is now being rolled out to Lumia 1320 units in Malaysia, bringing its operating system to the latest Windows Phone 8.1. This follows after its initial roll out on the Lumia 625 and Lumia 925 about 2 weeks ago.
If you haven’t receive the update, you may check for it manually at Settings > Phone Update. There are 8 more models pending for update which includes Lumia 520, Lumia 525, Lumia 620, Lumia 720, Lumia 820, Lumia 920, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. You can check on the current update status over at Nokia’s Windows update availability list.
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Uber, your personal driver on demand service is now reaching out to more users with the availability of its official Windows Phone app. Initially it was available only for iOS and Android platform. Alternatively you can order a ride using their mobile site at m.uber.com.
In Kuala Lumpur, Uber has been expanding quite rapidly and they have recently introduced UberX that offers even lower rates than taxis. The original UberBlack which offers premium rides including Camry, Accord, Teana, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-class is now on 20% off promotion from its normal rates.
The appeal of Uber is its cash-less convenience where you can just hop on and hop off and the fare will be charged directly to your credit or debit card. You can view a comparison of their rates versus budget and executive taxis over here. If you haven’t seen it yet, do check out our review of UberBlack when it first started end of last year.
For Windows Phone users, you can download the Uber App over here.
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Microsoft Devices is trying to push Windows Phone to the masses with its new Lumia 530. Available in either single-SIM and Dual-SIM variant, the Lumia 530 is priced from €85 (about RM385) before tax, making it its most affordable Lumia yet. Despite its low price tag, it runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 that offers the latest features such as Action Centre and WordFlow Keyboard.
At first glance, it does look like a refreshed model of the Lumia 525 as the Lumia 530 comes with a similar sized 4″ display. Instead of using IPS panel, it settles for a standard LCD screen that displays a FWVGA resolution of 854 x 480. Like the Lumia 630, it uses on-screen buttons instead of capacitive ones at the front.
Powering the device is a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor that’s mated to 512MB of RAM and on-board it comes with 4GB of expandable storage. On top of its free 15GB cloud storage, the Lumia 530 has an expandable microSD slot which support cards up to 128GB.
According to the latest availability list, the Cyan update is now available for the Nokia Lumia 625 and Nokia Lumia 925 in Malaysia. The update should be notified by now and if you haven’t receive them, you can check for it manually at Settings > Phone Update.
Some of the key improvements include Action Centre, WiFi-Sense, Cortana (US Only), updated Nokia Camera apps, newer Internet Explorer 11, WordFlow keyboard and much more. Watch the Cyan update walk through video after the break.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is heading to Malaysia and now you can secure your unit by pre-ordering one for RM1,999. Online retailer StoreKini has started accepting pre-orders online and if you place yours from now until 6th July, they will be giving away free screen protector, power bank and casing as well. Early birds will get additional rebates as well.
To recap on the specs, the Lumia 930 is their new flagship device that boast premium build quality with the usage of aluminium frame and comes with a 5″ Full HD AMOLED display. Internally it runs on a 2.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM along with 32GB of on-board storage. For taking pictures, it comes with a familiar 20.7MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens while front shots are handled by a 1.2MP unit. For taking videos, it boast better audio pick up with 4 high performance microphones. Out of the box, it runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 and it supports 4G LTE including our local operator bands. More details in our earlier Lumia 930 post here.
The Windows Phone platform is expected to see higher growth as Microsoft Device is partnering with more OEMs including non-mainstream brands. In China, an electronic brand called Hisense has just announced the MIRA 6, their first ever Windows Phone 8.1 smart phone.
The Hisense MIRA 6 is a dual-sim device which supports China Telecom’s 4G LTE standards and it is only 7.18mm thin. It gets a 5″ HD display which is likely to be 720p resolution and powering it is a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of storage, an 8MP main camera and a front facing 5MP unit.